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Australia captain Steve Smith fell victim to one of the plummest LBW decisions of recent times on Sunday.

At 100/1 in the final One-Day International, the Australians, who had already lost the series to a rampant Indian side, were going along nicely as they opened the batting at the VCA Stadium in the city of Nagpur.

Skipper Smith was unbeaten on a quickfire 16 off 25 deliveries prior to his dismissal from Kedar Jadhav's right-handed off-break, which pitched perfectly in line of the stumps, trapping Smith and stopping him in his tracks as he aimed to pull of a big hit which was severely misjudged. 

Following the departure of the 28-year-old right-handed batsman, Australia added a further 142 runs to the scorecard, ending their 50-overs on 242-9.

In their reply, India were guided to victory with eight overs to spare, with Rohit Sharma's thrilling 125 from 109 balls, as the hosts cantered to their triumph, eventually winning by seven wickets.

India had already wrapped up the One Day series after three games, but the 4-1 aggregate will cause questions to be asked, and subsequently which will need to be answered in the Australian camp following a poor run of form which could derail preparations for the forthcoming Ashes series on home soil against England, with the first Test in Brisbane just eight weeks away.

Speaking after the series on the subcontinent, Smith blamed the tourists' poor decision making for the defeat.

Watch the ludicrous LBW in the video below.

Smith said: "We're just not taking our words out in the middle and doing it with actions. We have glimpses of it and we play well in periods and then we just get ourselves in trouble.

"Probably from poor decision-making under pressure, that's what I probably put it down to. That's something that we need to improve on because it's not good enough.

"We have probably lacking consistency with the bat I'd say ... I think we're losing wickets in clumps very consistently and that's not good enough,

"We probably didn't adapt as well as we would have liked."

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